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November 2018 Board Meeting Recap

November 2018 School Board Meeting Recap

Below is an update from the School Board Meeting from Monday, November 12, 2018

*These are not the official minutes from the meeting – only a recap.

Student Speakers

  • Brown Primary Pledgers
    • Kasen Tapp, Payton Quinley, Hunter Goding, Parker Sunderman, Grace Silvey, and Tracy Harlow
    • See photos here:

  • Smithville Elementary Character Essay
    • Emiline Gutierrez
    • See photos here:

Board Recognitions

  • Outstanding Students of the Six Weeks

Board Business

Superintendent’s Report

Attended Austin Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education - recognizing Doug Berryann as an Education Champion for the work he does with Smithville ISD CTE program and other volunteer work across the district.

Brown Primary School

  • EAFK Honesty Knighting Ceremony

Smithville Elementary

  • 3rd Grade FT to Buescher SP
  • Lions donated dictionaries to all 4th graders and their teachers

Smithville Junior High

  • Mrs. Molak ‘David’s Law’ lead an assembly at SJHS
  • NJHS Food Drive and Plastic Bag Drive for Food Pantry (toured the food pantry)
  • JH Special Olympians participated in an intramural bowling competition at Lost Pines 8 Lanes

Smithville High School

  • Congratulations to the Volleyball Team on making the playoffs
  • Smithville FFA competed at their District Leadership Contest in Elgin for 2018. 6 of the 8 Teams received top honors and came home with a banner.
    • Categories: Greenhand Skills Team
    • Creed Speaking
    • Sr. Skills Team
    • FFA Broadcasting
    • Agricultural Advocacy
    • Greenhand Quiz won 1st Place and are advancing to Area
      • Brooke Otto
      • Chy Thompson
      • Hadley Ladewig
  • Football Team Playoff Update
    • Columbus High School (Memorial Stadium) 7:30 p.m. vs. Wharton

Informational Items

  • Financial Report: First Rating 15 years earning Superior Rating

  • Curriculum Program Highlight: Tiger Academy Presentation

  • Construction Update by PBK: Updates available at:
    • Construction and Renovations Discussion and Timeline: workshop to be scheduled

Action Items

  • Consider Amendment of Contract with PBK Architects to Include Bond 2016 Renovations: passed unanimously
  • Consider Construction manager At-Risk One-Step Deliver Method: passed unanimously
  • Consider Adoption fo Criteria for RFQ for Construction Manager At-Risk: passed unanimously
  • Consider Change Order for New Cost of Interactive Boards for New Junior High: passed unanimously
  • Update Prevailing Wage Statement: passed unanimously
  • Authorize Superintendent to Negotiate Easement for Gas Connection on New Construction Site with CenterPoint Energy: passed unanimously


  • Resignation of Certified Employment: Jim Philpot retirement; Reena Reese moving to SHS to fill Counselor position

Board Packet Available at:

Upcoming Events:

  • District Holiday Luncheon: Wednesday, December 19th, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Winter Break: December 21st - January 4th
    • December 20th: early release
    • January 7: Student Holiday / Staff Workday
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